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100 First Prize Make It Yourself Science Fair Projects

Sterling Publishing Company New York, NY 10016 (800) 367-9692

Pick a proven science project from eight fields, including food science, chemistry, astronomy, and botany, and then follow the simple instructions for building your display. This book is a good starting place for finding successful science-fair projects.

1001 Ideas for Science Projects

Prentice Hall General Reference New York, NY 10023 (800) 288-4745

Hundreds of stimulating, project ideas for students, from middle school to college, and their teachers. Informative and easy to follow.

Big Book of Science Activities: Fun and Easy Experiments for Kids

McGraw-Hill New York, NY 10011 (800) 262-4729

Included in this fun-filled book is a collection of the best activities from the popular "Science for Kids" series; uses easy-to-find materials; offers step-by-step instructions and simple explanations that illustrate the science behind the projects and also includes a special section on science fair projects. Recommended for ages 8-12.

Bill Nye the Science Guy: Consider the Following, A Way Cool Set of Science Questions, Answers & Ideas to Ponder Disney Press

New York, NY 10011 (800) 759-0190

This entertaining nonfiction book poses more than 50 intriguing science-based questions and then takes readers through fun-filled experiments to find the answers and explanations.

The Complete Handbook of Science Fair Projects

John Wiley & Sons, New York, NY 10158 (800) 225-5945

Useful information and hints on how to design, conduct, and present a science project. An excellent resource for students looking for ideas.

Janice VanCleaves' A+ Projects in Biology, A+ Projects in Chemistry, and A+ Project in Earth Science

John Wiley & Sons, New York, NY 10158 (800) 225-5945

These step-by-step guides explore 30 different topics and offer dozens of winning experiments for science fairs. The book also includes charts, diagrams, and illustrations

Science Experiments and Projects for Students (student version of Students and Research)

Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company Dubuque, lA (800) 228-0810

Expand your students' abilities to inquire and discover through this interactive book that requires students to take action-to do activities, collect data, and answer questions. Recommended for advanced middle school students or higher.

Science Experiments by the Hundreds

Kendall Hunt Publishing Company Dubuque, lA (800) 228-0810

This book stresses that learning to experiment is an important part of knowing science as well as a useful strategy for solving everyday problems in a more systematic way. For beginning student researchers, parents, and teachers.

Science Fair and Projects

National Science Teachers Association Arlington, VA 22201 (703) 243-7100

Suggestions involving students in science projects and guiding parents in their child's investigation. For grades 7-12.

Internet Resources



An excellent web site to help your students in every step of the science fair process. Though not affiliated with MSRSF or the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, we highly recommend this site. For students having trouble choosing a topic, the site contains an interactive project finder, which helps students match their interests with types of questions to start asking. Science Buddies does not give the student a project idea, but rather guides them to an original idea that would uniquely interest that student. Once a topic has been chosen, this site has a detailed  how-to  section that offers guidance and examples. Science Buddies also offers an  Ask an Expert  on-line bulletin board where students can post questions that expert scientists and engineers answer. Students can also view all questions on this bulletin board to see if their question has already been answered. This is an excellent site for any student who is seeking help and guidance with their science fair project.

Science Service Website


Science Service is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the understanding and appreciation of science among people of all ages through publications and educational programs. Our site includes information on the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the Intel Science Talent Search, the Discovery Young Scientist Challenge, and the Directory of Science Training Programs.

Science News for Kids


Science News for Kids is a Web site devoted to science news for children of ages 9 to 13. It offers timely items of interest to kids, accompanied by suggestions for hands-on activities, books, articles, Web resources, and other useful materials. The emphasis is on making the Web site appealing by offering kids opportunities to comment on the subject matter, ask questions of scientists featured in articles, try out mathematical puzzles, and submit their own work for possible Web publication. The Web site also offers teachers creative ways of using science news in their classrooms.

California State Science Fair


The California State Science Fair has an excellent resource page of Science Fair links to help you get started with projects including other fairs and school district resource pages.

Internet Scout Project


The Internet Scout Project is designed to help you find the resources you need on the Internet. Funded in part by NSF, the project is devoted to finding online resources most valuable to the education community.

National Science Teachers Association


A great site with links to many other resources.

The Ultimate Science Fair Resource


This site is great for beginners who have questions about project steps, project hints, writing reports, or how to do a project board. The site is managed by Dr. John W. Gudenas who teaches at Aurora University .Many students and teachers visit this site on science related topics.

The SciCentral News Alert


SciCentral.com was created and is maintained by professional scientists; its ongoing mission is to identify and centralize access on a timely basis to the most valuable scientific and technical resources.

The World-Wide Web Virtual Library: Science Fairs


The WWW Virtual Library has a comprehensive list that attempts to provide "every science fair accessible through the World Wide Web", whether of global or local scope. Many of the sites have resource pages that provide additional links. Visit other fair sites to get ideas for your own site and/or let the Virtual Library know about your site if you are not already linked.

School Science Fairs Homepage


Specializes in the hardest aspect of a science fair experience, getting an idea. This site lists many science project ideas for all levels and offers links to other informational sites.

Odyssey Magazine


Explore this site for the latest news in science and check our special science features just for kids such as StarGazing with Jack Horkheimer, Ask a Scientist, live Webcams, and more. From the award-winning science magazine for young readers, ages 10-16.

The Mad Scientist Network at Washington University School of Medicine


This website is an interactive science teaching and community outreach tool, staffed and maintained by volunteer scientists and engineers from around the world. The MadSci Network fields questions in 26 different subjects, covering topics in astronomy, the biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, engineering, and physics.

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